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Create a Capote Blanket Coat


with Betty Firth & Heidi Breaker

Calendar Dec 6, 2018 at 10 am

This is a 2-Day Class

Thursday, December 6, 2018   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday, December 7, 2018        10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $80  Materials: $5

Wrap yourself in tradition with a beautiful blanket coat. Woodsmen and Native Americans alike favored these practical, easy-to-make coats for their beauty, warmth, and comfort. Learn how to design and cut a coat custom-fit for you without even using a pattern! You will learn how to measure, cut, construct, and hand-sew your coat. Decorative stitches used for constructing the pieces and embellishing the final garment will be introduced. You don’t need to have any experience, really! Come, learn, have some fun, and walk away with a coat, ready to wear or ready to finish at home.

Students will need to bring a new or used full size (double) blanket, 80” x 90” or larger or an equivalent measure of wool fabric. Other types of fabric can be used, but will hang differently.

About the instructors: Betty Firth and Heidi Breaker both have a long history of doing a lot of different things, and making a unique blanket coat that suited their style is one of those things. They decided it would be fun to teach others how to do it, so come help them have fun.

Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving


with Betty Firth

Calendar Dec 13, 2018 at 1 pm

Thursday, December 13, 2018
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Tuition: $40  Materials: $10

No weaving experience necessary! The inkle loom is a fun and easy way to learn weaving. This ancient craft makes beautiful belts, bands and straps with many uses. Participants will learn to follow a design, warp the loom and weave a tight, even band with good selvedges. You will be able to finish a small project by the end of the class and have the confidence to strike out on your own. The inkle looms and all materials are provided.

About the instructor: Betty Firth has long been fascinated with the ancient craft of weaving in its many forms, from fabric to baskets, ropes to wire. She has woven on rigid heddle and 4-harness looms as well as small looms for weaving beads into intricate patterns. She enjoys teaching how to weave on the inkle loom, which enables people to learn the principles of weaving, including how to warp and weave, all on the same loom.


Latvian Knitting Techniques - Making Wristers


with Diane Thomson

Calendar Nov 14, 2018 at 9 am

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80, Materials: $20

Latvia is known for it’s colorful and intricate mitten patterns. Some of the techniques involved are scalloped edges, Latvian braid, two-color knitting and fringe. This class involves intermediate to advanced knitting skills, and students should be comfortable knitting in the round. The materials fee includes the yarns needed to complete a pair of wristers or mittens. Students should bring a basic set of knitting tools and an assortment of knitting needles suitable for working in the round in a fine gauge
(size 0-2). 

About the instructor: Diane Thomson has been knitting since 1985 and has taught previously at the Ely Folk School and several yarn shops in the Twin Cities. She currently offers knitting classes at Sisu Designs Yarn Shop in Ely.  She likes sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for knitting and also enjoys other fiber arts.


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